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first_imgWHITTIER – Police are looking for an 83-year-old woman who has been missing since 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Blanche Tranberg suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia and recently underwent surgery to insert a pacemaker, said Jason Zuhlke, spokesman for the Whittier Police Department. Tranberg’s family reported her missing from the 12000block of Beverly Drive Thursday evening and said she was last seen wearing a green short-sleeve sweater, gray sweat pants and tan sandals. She is described as white, 5feet 3 inches tall, 130pounds with curly brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She wears an identification bracelet. No one was injured in the blaze, which took firefighters with five engines and two trucks about 20 minutes to put out, Hawkins said. Fire Department investigators were attempting to determine the cause of the blaze, and damages were being tallied, Hawkins said. Bus trip to Ford theater planned PICO RIVERA – The city’s Arts and Cultural Committee will host a bus trip next month to the Ford Amphitheater for the “Live on Central Avenue” jazz concert. The bus will leave at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 from the Pico Rivera Senior Center parking lot, 9200 Mines Ave. The trip is for adults 18 and older. The cost is $26 per person, which includes round-trip transportation and admission. Register at the Department of Parks and Recreation, 6767Passons Blvd., or at any other city park facility, no later than Sept. 29. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. School to celebrate 50th anniversary WHITTIER – Residents are invited to help St. Paul High School, 9635 Greenleaf Ave., kick off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday with a special Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Roger Mahony. For more information, call (562) 698-6246, Ext. 727. City to sponsor sleepover for girls LA MIRADA – Girls Night Out is a back-to-school sleepover for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades that the city is sponsoring and supervising at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Dinner, snacks and a light breakfast will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag. Parent permission and a student ID are required. The registration fee is $20 per student for residents; $30 for non-residents. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possiblePolice used helicopters, bloodhounds and personnel from surrounding agencies but are also asking for help from residents in finding her, he said. Anyone with information should to contact the Whittier Police Department at (562) 945-8250 or Zuhlke at (562) 244-2289. No injuries in tire shop fire SANTA FE SPRINGS – A fire broke out Thursday at a tire shop in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County near Santa Fe Springs, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8718 Norwalk Blvd., near Burke Street, at 12:42 a.m., said Los Angeles County fire Dispatch Supervisor Andrea Hawkins. last_img read more

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Barriers Impeding the Disabled Must Be Removed

first_imgGovernment Senator, Floyd Morris, says removing the sociological, structural, and environmental barriers impeding the progress of persons with disabilities, is essential for them to make meaningful contributions to the society. “The talent is there, the potential is there, but it is being suppressed by the barriers that are there within the society and the lack of awareness by the general populace,” he said. Senator Morris, who is blind, was addressing the opening ceremony for a Disabilities Awareness Exposition, held on the grounds of the Special Education Unit in Kingston on November 28. He contended that persons with disabilities, who account for 15 per cent of the population, ought not to be cast aside, but recognized for the many accomplishments they have made, despite the factors that impede them. “I want to see us being in the face of the public where disability issues are concerned, so that people understand that we are a force to be reckoned with, and that as persons with disabilities, as citizens of Jamaica, we have a right to exist as well,” the Senator said. Mr.  Morris, who is also Director of the Centre for Disabilities Studies at the University of the West Indies, lamented that individuals within the society are of the view that persons with disabilities “should be confined to their homes, (as) they have no place in the broader society.” “Those who preserve that view are living within the dark ages. Things and times have changed where we have long moved from that perspective and attitude towards people with disabilities. We are in the 21st Century where persons with disabilities have broken the glass ceiling; they have moved on to university and have achieved their PhDs and are making contributions to the society,” he said. He noted that the talents and potential of this group can be better harnessed if persons are made aware of the services available to the disabled community. “If teachers and parents are aware of the services that the Special Education Unit, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and the Early Stimulation Programme offer; if the general public is made aware of what is available, I can tell you, you are not going to see only one or two persons with disabilities graduating with first degrees, with Masters degrees and PhDs, but they are going to be available in large numbers in Jamaica,” Senator Morris said. He suggested that embarking on a consistent public awareness programme is important in this regard, in order to achieve a more inclusive and friendly society for persons with disabilities. “For it to be effective, we have to have all the stakeholders – the government, private sector and  the media – on board to make sure that we bring the message of hope to the broadest segment of the Jamaican population,” he said. The Senator added that agencies and bodies that cater to persons with disabilities will need to re-double their efforts in order to ensure that the lives of persons with disabilities are transformed. Mr. Morris said he  is pleased that the National Disability Bill will soon be brought to Parliament, which is going to contribute to “a radical transformation in terms of how we view and treat persons with disabilities in our society.” The one-day exposition was held as part of Disability Awareness Week, which is being observed from November 25 to December 3. The event serves to celebrate the achievements of students with disabilities and thereby assist in the removal of barriers that negatively impact their personal, social and economic advancement. A lunch hour concert, showcasing the talents of students, was also held as part of the day’s activities.last_img read more

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Film academy CEO on how to get Canadians to care about Canadian

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Why come home to take a seemingly thankless job like this?I felt like I had a unique perspective on what was coming out of Canada. I was just blown away by the quality of the work, and by the unique perspective of it. The technology piece has always been really exceptional on the world stage. I was always amazed that the average Canadian had no idea.“The technology piece”?The work that’s being done in Canada in interactive storytelling and gaming.Ah. Okay, so you’re excited about Canadian content, but how do you persuade regular folks to care about the CSAs when most of them haven’t even heard of the best picture nominees?That’s obviously the heart of the question I ask myself every single day. The way the Canadian industry is set up right now, we fund people to make work, but we don’t fund people to market work. If people don’t know a film is out there, and you’re not marketing it to them as American companies do, then you won’t get people to see it. It’s not that complicated, actually. So, one of the things I’d like to see the Canadian Academy do is actually market our content to average Canadians. Should the Canadian Screen Awards use that envelope-juggling accountant from PricewaterhouseCoopers who messed up the Oscars?Say what you will about the gut-wrenching finale, people were certainly talking about the show for days afterward. And the CSAs, which on Sunday night will celebrate the best in Canadian films and TV shows, could use whatever publicity they can get.Last June, Montreal-born Beth Janson returned from 20 years in the United States – where, among other jobs, she had been executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute – to take over as CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, which oversees the CSAs. Her first task? Figuring out how to get Canadians excited about an awards show celebrating movies that almost nobody has seen. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Keita reveals what makes Klopp such a special coach

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s attention to detail is what makes him a “really special” coach, according to Naby KeitaThe 23-year-old midfielder joined Liverpool in the summer transfer window from German side RB Leipzig.Despite hamstring problems over the past few weeks, Keita has established himself at Liverpool and is working hard on his comeback from injury.As the Guinea international continues his recovery though, Keita gave his views on the relationship with new coach Klopp.“It is really special to have him as a coach,” said Keita on the club website.“He is open, you can talk to him and he’s not there for just one player, he’s there for all of us.“He is not focusing on one or another player; he is focusing on all of us. He cares and he looks after all of us. It’s a real pleasure to play for him.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Keita also revealed how well he has settled in at the Liverpool squad, despite the competition for midfield places.“I’m really happy to be able to play with them,” he said.“I’m learning from their experience. I’m training with them and trying to get better; I watch them and the coach, of course, says, ‘You need to do this, you need to do this.’“That makes me feel like I want to do better, I want to progress. I’m so lucky and happy to train with them.“The objective is collective, we’re a team. The team’s objective is my objective. I play for the team. Whatever we want to achieve, I’ll achieve with them.”Keita has managed 10 appearances for Liverpool this season with six of them being starts.last_img read more

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